Optus introduces unlimited calling plans in Australia

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 22-Jul-2008 20:32

Isn't competition in the mobile marketplace fantastic? It's a concept that unfortunately New Zealanders are missing out on due to the cosy duopoly that exists between our two mobile providers - Telecom New Zealand and Vodafone.

Optus have just launched unlimited "timeless" mobile plans into the Australian marketplace. For A$99 per month you get unlimited calling to other mobiles and landline phones in Australia as well as unlimited SMS and MMS messages. This $99 pack however isn't quite $99 - it requires the purchase of a A$14.95 mobile pack that gives you 200MB of included data.

For A$129 however you receive unlimited calling, SMS and MMS along with 2GB of data.

Now compare that to what you're paying in NZ. Competition really is a great thing.

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Comment by freitasm, on 22-Jul-2008 21:02

Vodafone NZ, iPhone plan: $250 for 600 minutes voice and 1 GB data... Joke!

Comment by Aloha, on 23-Jul-2008 15:46

I am here in OZ and I am quite enjoying the benefits of a healthy competition on the market. Plus I have to say that Optus has their own DSLAMs so you can order ADSL2+ service from them too and bundle that into a very competitive package.

Author's note by sbiddle, on 23-Jul-2008 17:05

I just can't understand why Vodafone aren't interested in bundling home phone + internet + mobile? Why not?

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Steve Biddle
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I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

I also love sharing my views and analysis of the tech world on this blog, along with the odd story about aviation and the travel industry.

My interests and skillset include:

*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

  -xDSL deployments

*Structured cabling
  -Home/office cabling
  -Phone & Data

*Computer networking
  -Mikrotik hardware
  -WAN/LAN solutions

*Wireless solutions
  -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
  -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
  -Temporary wireless deployments
*CCTV solutions
  -Analogue and IP

I'm an #avgeek who loves to travel the world (preferably in seat 1A) and stay in nice hotels.

+My views do no represent my employer. I'm sure they'll be happy to give their own if you ask them.

You can contact me here or by email at stevenbiddle@gmail.com